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Jocul caprei / Goat ritual dance

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Uploaded on Dec 2, 2010

"Jocul caprei" performed by Alexandru Găină (reeds / "fluier"), Toader Moga (fiddle / "scripcă"), Simion Boantă (fiddle / "scripcă"), & Ion Gârbuleț (hit cello / "gordon"). Romanian traditional folk song for dance from Moldova, Neamț area, Dămuc community.

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"Capra" (female goat) is a guiser wearing an animal mask who cuts his ribald capers at midwinter (Christmas and New Year Events), escorted by a group of men and often decked with the ribbons of the village girls. The lower jaw of the dancer's mask is hinged, and with the aid of a string it can be clapped against the upper jaw, producing a percussive accompaniment to the dance.

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